North Korea has been the bad apple of the world for quite some time now. They rarely get along with their neighboring countries, hold wimpy alliances, and continue to make idle threats. But after a statement by Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, things could be heading towards a change:
“Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner … and that has got to be stopped.”
From seasoned military general to Defense Secretary, Mattis has plenty of experience in military tactics, but he hasn’t revealed anything regarding the Trump administration’s plans to curb the North.
North Korea, under the governing of Kim Jong Un, has seen exponential growth in their missile testing, specifically in their nuclear programs. Trump has seen this, rightfully so, as a threat to America and has been actively showing strength. But it seems to be of no avail.
But the real question we’re all wondering is, “is a military action a possibility for North Korea?” That is is a scary question but one that has been on the mind of Americans. Especially since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued the following statement earlier this month:
“[The] Diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to a point of denuclearizing have failed.”
Tillerson followed up that statement saying that military action was “on the table.” However, according to NBC News, experts say Trump’s options with North Korea are extremely limited. Despite Kim boasting missiles that could destroy the U.S. and our allies, he has yet to make a move that makes the U.S. nervous.
Despite so many things looking bad, U.S. Army Strategist Maj. ML Cavanaugh says that a full invasion would be doubtful and challenging. In an article for Modern War Institute at West Point, Cavanaugh warned of the North’s “Afghanistan-like geography.” We went on to say that fighting North Korea could very well be like fighting “a much better-trained, much better-armed version of the Taliban.”
While the circumstances inside of North Korea are gruesome at best, the risk of invading is currently too high. Not only would America be risking our troops, but our allies, which include Japan and South Korea, could be attacked. Then you have the unique allies of Russia, China, and North Korea and who knows what that could mean.
What do you believe the U.S. should do about North Korea? Do you think we should just let them continue to build? Do you think we should attempt more sanctions (which haven’t seemed to work so far)? Or do you think we should invade the North to rescue their citizens and stop their nuclear arms? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Credit: NBC News